Catholic bishops deny endorsing presidential candidate: ‘Vote is a matter of conscience’

Catholic Bishops in Malawi have issued a statement refuting allegations that they endorsed a particular presidenti candidate ahead of the highly anticipated May 21 watershed tripartite elections.

Archbishop Msusa: Let people decide in conscience whom to vote for

In a statement released by the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) signed by eight Bishop from all Dioceses across Malawi, the Bishops states that: “We, Catholic Bishops in Malawi, wish to state in clear terms that we have not and we shall not support or endorse any candidate or political party”.

The Bishops however revealed that they shall continue to encourage the Catholic faithful to take an active role in politics which includes seeking political power at all levels of the national governing structure.

“We shall continue to remind Priests, Religious men and women, Catechists, heads of our institutions to refrain from making utterances or doing things that can justifiably be perceived as advancing partisan politics,” reads part of the statement.

The statement further warns that any purported claims of support or endorsement of any particular politician or political party by any individual  must be considered as advancement of falsehood and a departure from the principles of Social Doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church.

The statement has been signed by Most Reverend Thomas Msusa who is Archbishop of Blantyre and ECM Chairman, Right Reverend Martin Mtumbuka Bishop of Karonga Diocese and ECM Vice President, Most Reverend Tarsizio G. Ziyaye Archbishop of Lilongwe, Right Reverend Montfort Sitima of Mangochi Diocese among others.

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nkem owoh
1 year ago

Too late bishop, nkhanga zaona.

Patrick Phiri
Patrick Phiri
1 year ago

The problem is the Bishops themselves. They have been making anti-govt statements, suggesting they prefer one of the other candidates. By speaking badly about any candidate, they have effectively taken a political side.

Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
1 year ago

Church cha Mboni ndiye chimakaniratu ana awo kukwatira or kukwatiwa ndi anthu ama church ena ndiye catholic itapanga endorse Chilima yalakwitsa pati apa. Chilima yemweyo all catholics kkkkkkk ndiye mavoti abvumba a Chilima bwanji booooooma iloooooo lyolyolyolyooooo kuti moto buuuuuu!

KALYOTO
KALYOTO
1 year ago

MCP PHUMA.. DONT THINK THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS LIKE THAT SYNOD.

Thama
Thama
1 year ago

Chule anadandabwa m’madzi muli mwake.

Okatraz
Okatraz
1 year ago

azindikira kuti chilima wawo sawina, shame on you bishops

figo
figo
1 year ago

a opposition alindi ma resources ochepa kale koma still kuwasaka mukuti ena akuwapanga sponsor this nonses must end tikusauka mumalawi muno chifukwa cha nfundo ngati zanuzo , kupanikiza antu amene akuyesa nao Mwayi , a church alakwa chani kutandizila anzao mesa a opposition nawo ndi a malawi

chambo
chambo
1 year ago

no no mumalawi muno mumakonda antu kumenyela nkondo nsogoleri akulamula zonsezi basi antu azioneka oipa chifukwa chani president akugwilisa nchito magalimoto abomo a police akupangila campaign palibe chomwe mukuyankula koma kuyangana mpingo , this is stupid ntawi zonse mumangobakila ruling party for nothing ndichifukwa zintu sizikuyenda umpawi sukuta

Njolo mpilu
Njolo mpilu
1 year ago

Kodi anthu mukudwala nao bwanji a katolika?????
Naoso ndi ma citizens with same rights to voting.
Kodi munati akatolika asakangitse viphaso va u zika????
Mwazelezeka hetini.

BigMan
BigMan
1 year ago

Basically Vote Chilima, kkkkkk.

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